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But to New Yorkers like Jackie Silverman, it is just another depressing sign of the times. Silverman, who has difficulty walking, said the online service that delivered cigarettes to her door spared her time and energy."It's taking away your freedom, that's all," said Ms.Silverman, who has smoked for more than five decades. Smoking is not illegal, and smokers should not be put under such persecution.We've become the enemy." Earlier lawsuits by cigarette makers and distributors failed to strike down the ban on Internet or mail order sales. The Online Tobacco Retailers Association and representatives from Native American tribes filed a lawsuit in April challenging the ban. Crangle, said he would seek a temporary restraining order blocking the law's implementation. Crangle said the ban violates Constitutional law governing interstate commerce, and discriminates against Native American dealers, who dominate the online tobacco trade in New York because they are not required to charge any sales tax.
Tobacco distributors face heavy fines if they sell cigarettes to anyone in New York State except licensed dealers.To view full story CLICK onimage Note: Many publications and/or sources do not archive or charge a fee for viewing older articles.There is a high likelihood that links to articles may no longer be active.State agencies could not say exactly how many New Yorkers order cigarettes online or how much money they spend.Lots of new taxes and fees on obscure items were tucked away in both the state budget and the plan for the city.
One example is that New York City residents got a backdoor cigarette-tax increase, because the state will now collect its cigarette tax not just on the price of the cigarettes, but on the price after figuring in the city's tobacco tax.